Scholarly Communications Librarian

Scholarly Communications Librarian

Status

Full Time

Location

Albany, NY | Remote |

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Description

Excelsior University is seeking a Scholarly Communications Librarian (SCL). The SCL will lead students, faculty and staff to new possibilities libraries can offer. The SCL will join a newly formed library team. The SCL challenges legacy processes in the exploration of new services, approaches, and initiatives. The SCL believes open access is empowering and will provide expertise throughout the publishing and research lifecycle.

The SCL is creative and takes risks in exploring new ideas. The SCL is a motivator who encourages collaboration and cooperation with stakeholders to advance academic excellence, creative scholarship, educational affordability, student success, and access by incorporating open strategies including open access, open science, data, and publishing. The SCL builds strong relationships by listening to others with great attention and sincerity. The SCL ensures a vision for the future with perseverance and keeping everyone invested. The SCL supports diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the library and across the university. The SCL will report to the Library Director. This role is ideally based in Albany, NY or the surrounding areas, but remote applicants will be considered.

Excelsior University is a 50+ year old online institution that is grounded in the values of Accessibility and Completion, Equity and Inclusion, Collaboration, Affordability, Trustworthiness, and Excellence. As an institution, we believe in providing access to educational opportunity and that education is our greatest lever for social and economic mobility. We are a student-focused community that is committed to continuous improvement and asks, “how do we become more ‘student ready’ so that we may better serve our students?” We believe that through education we can empower change and make a meaningful impact on the future. Our community works hard in the service of students and supports one another like a family.

At Excelsior University we offer our employees a collaborative environment to work together and inspire ideas that will make an impact. As our external environment changes, our employees are provided the opportunities and tools needed to grow both personally and professionally to remain successful. Excelsior University employees and dependents are offered a wide range of benefits, including but not limited to, flexible work environment, health insurance benefits, retirement benefits, paid time off and educational benefits.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Leads and supports the development, implementation, and advocacy of innovative and effective scholarly communication service models and programs to meet the user needs and support the Excelsior University library’s mission.
  • Works closely with the Electronic Resource Management Librarian to promote alternative scholarly communication models and transformational strategies for a sustainable collection budget.
  • Contributes to the planning, implementation, and assessment of Open Education program activities.
  • Formulates the future development of library publishing, institutional repository services, and open and affordable content for the Excelsior University Library.
  • Explores state support for OER publishing platforms and state-level OER hub or repository.
  • Promotes the consideration of an institutional open access policy.
  • Identifies and pursues external funding resources for library initiatives.
  • Works with the appropriate cross-functional team to automate institutional repository harvesting from a variety of sources.
  • Coordinates the overall strategy to expand the use of open educational practices and affordable content with faculty, instructional designers, and staff in the course development process.
  • Develops, implements, and manages the outreach, programming, and instructional activities promoting library service to the Excelsior community.
  • Contributes to committees and attends events to cultivate relationships supporting the library’s mission to enrich the overall academic experience.
  • Maintains current knowledge of Open Education through peer association, review of literature, and attendance at meetings, seminars, and continuing education related to duties and responsibilities.
  • Liaise with an educational focus area at the University.
  • Provides reference services.
  • Actively supports the Excelsior University commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to ensure smooth operations of the library.
  • Strategically and collaboratively works with stakeholders to build programs and initiatives.
  • Communicates effectively in writing and orally in a clear and concise manner.
  • Coordinates project management services for library publishing projects.
  • Raises the awareness, application, and implementation of Open Educational practices at Excelsior University.
  • Evaluates projects and services impacting library operations.
  • Advocates for and is an ally for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
    Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited institution in Library and Information Science or equivalent.
  • Minimum 4 years of professional academic library experience including at least two (2) years in OER and textbook affordability work and two (2) years in reference and instructional services.
  • Experience using technology, software, and publishing platforms. May include: Springshare, Pressbooks, and LibreText among many others.
  • Proven knowledge and experience with copyright, open licensing, permissions, compliance, and Familiarity with programming languages, social media, web development and maintenance
  • Knowledge of the scholarly communication landscape; scholarly publishing technologies, initiatives, and best practices, open access publishing; academic publishing platforms, and emerging business models and partnerships.
  • Ability to excel in a changing university environment.
  • Effective management and change leadership skills.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, including attention to detail, time management, and ability to develop efficient workflows.
  • Experience with relationship and community building as well as a strong service orientation.
  • Demonstrated expertise in working with various internal and external constituencies.
  • Proficiency in nursing and health science disciplines preferred.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred.
  • Application Information

    If you have problems with online submission, please call 518-608-8270.

    Excelsior University offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes paid time off, retirement, and excellent health insurance. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and the names of three professional references. Please submit requested information by clicking the Apply Now button on this page.

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    Excelsior University is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to any legally protected characteristic.

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